Eagles follow directions to send Williamsport down wrong path

January 08, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

WILLIAMSPORT - With only two seniors in the lineup for Wednesday's match against Williamsport, Hedgesville wrestling coach Bill Whittington's instructions were simple.

"I asked the kids to go six minutes tonight and not get their backs pinned," Whittington said.

The Eagles didn't always go six minutes - but for the most part, it was because they put the Wildcats' backs against the mat.

Hedgesville used four pins, two decisions and a forfeit over a seven-weight stretch to build a decisive 36-6 lead on the way to a 43-26 dual-meet victory over Williamsport.


"We couldn't get off our backs and got pinned on our backs a couple of times, and that was the difference," Wildcats coach Mike Rechtorovic said.

Adam Brid-endolph got Williamsport (3-4) off to a good start, building a 12-0 lead before pinning Justin Everhart at the 5-minute, 8-second mark of the 140-pound match for a 6-0 Wildcats lead.

It didn't last long. Hedgesville's Dustin Foltz pinned Eric Spielman at 145 in 1:31, Williamsport forfeited at 152 and Jared Sella pinned Cory Reynolds at 160 in 1:17 for an 18-6 Eagles lead.

Brad Hammons earned a 6-0 decision over Robbie Spigler at 171 to make it 21-6 and Derek Young pinned Frank Larrazabal in :49 of the 189 match for a 27-6 Hedgesville lead.

The back-breaker for Williamsport happened at 215, where Tim Lowery held a 4-0 lead on Hedgesville's Mike Barrett after a takedown early in the third period.

"I went out there and tied up and was thinking he's huge," said Barrett, a first-year wrestler. "I was just hoping I could find a flaw in his technique and hope he'd wear down."

That's exactly what happened. Lowery tired late, and Barrett capitalized with an escape, takedown and pin at the 5:22 mark.

"I could tell ... he was starting to wear down, and I thought I could take advantage," Barrett said. "In the third period he left his leg out the entire time, and I got it and squeezed it."

"He's a first-year wrestler, and anything like that that happens for him is a big boost for him confidence-wise and for us as a team points-wise," Whittington said.

Instead of Williamsport cutting Hedgesville's lead to 27-9, the Wildcats found themselves down, 33-6.

"215 hurt because we were winning and that's a nine-point swing right there," Rechtorovic said. "This is (Lowery's) first year wrestling and he's just learning. With a little more experience, he'd know to belly down and give up the takedown instead of going to his back and getting pinned."

Josh Nicholson earned a decision at 275, Joe Shetler won a major decision at 112 and Josh Grim got a decision at 130 for Hedgesville (13-5).

Earl Neville (103), Ryan Bowers (125) and Jeff Short (135) got pins late in the match for Williamsport, while Spencer Peyton (119) earned a decision.

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